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Home-made compost

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 14:33

Oh... and a heated greenhouse for bringing on my seeds in the spring - everything is so much later here in Scotland and I am too keen to get started in the year than the weather actually permits!

Home-made compost

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 14:30

I've only been gardening since I retired and we moved to Scotland 4 years ago - not the best climate I have found! So being new to the game I have read up quite a bit and constantly come across the importance of making your own compost. Last year, after a poor start on a plots previously only used for potatoes, I made 2 of my plots into raised beds and topped them up with 6" of Mel Bartholomew's mix from his 'Square Foot Gardening' book - I used a1/3 coir (instead of peat), 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 my own compost with added 'Nugro' from Fertile Fibre. But it looks as though I needed to add a compost base as well and regularly add more fertiliser as the season passes.

Thanks for the help everyone.

Home-made compost

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 12:15

I've  been making my own compost for the last 4 years, I have three large 1m.sq bins made from wooden palets so am able to use each bin every 2 years. My mix is made up of kitchen veg waste, grass clipings and green leafy waste from the garden including weeds and (perennial weeds which I soak in water for about 4 weeks before adding), also comfrey leaves, cardboard boses and at least 6 scrunched up sheets of newspaper everyday which is taken from the base of my two large parrot cages so they contain parrot poo and discarded fruit. I turn this mix every time I add stuff and you can feel the heat generated in it as I fork it.

I recently tested this mix because I have had such little success with growing produce. The test result show low and extremely low in all of the test for NKP -, why? What am I doing wrong?

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